December 4th, 2007
If youâ€™ve been paying attention, you may have noticed a dearth of posts over the last few weeks. This reflects neither a cessation of the blog, nor a lack of events: quite the opposite, in fact. I guess we always knew that the month of the move would be hectic, so weâ€™re not so much surprised as simply flat-out busy. Hereâ€™s the latest:
Two of the major items on our to-do list, renting our house and selling my car, have been managed. We are striving to sell, give away, donate or throw out a lot of the things that we donâ€™t think are necessary for us anymore; I must say itâ€™s a rather liberating feeling, in a way. Everything weâ€™re not disposing of through one of the aforesaid methods needs to either be stored or come with us, so you can imagine that weâ€™re well motivated to reduce the detritus of our lives. A garage sale over the weekend swept away more of that detritus than I had dared to hope. The last few days have heavily featured the boxing of goods and gear to ship. It will take about a month, weâ€™re told, for our all our stuff to make its way from S.F. to Edinburgh, so this is really the week to get it all moved out.
Unquestionably this has been a stressful time and weâ€™ve found ourselves snapping at each other rather more than we mean to. But we can also see the light (or perhaps the rain) at the end of the tunnel now, and as we did with our wedding we brace ourselves with the mantra â€œItâ€™s all falling into place.â€
We fly to Dublin on December 30th, there to spend New Yearsâ€™ with my wifeâ€™s family. The occasion will be marked by a Christmas dinner redux, since this will be the first â€œChristmasâ€ sheâ€™s spent back home in many years. Work begins for me a week later with a job training/orientation in Glasgow. A week after that, all things going as planned, weâ€™ll once again be laying our heads in Edinburgh.